lucy's newborn photoshoot

I devour books, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grilled cheese sandwiches dunked in tomato soup. I answer "human" to the question "what ARE you?" even though half-Filipino is what you want to know. We have two frogs and a cat (she's part Manx). I enjoy grammar and copyediting. I'm passionate about taking care of the environment as God's creation. If you spend more than five minutes with me I will end up pitching some company that incorporates social justice in its business plan. I wholeheartedly believe "it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life."

I enjoy the out-of-doors and having dirt underneath my fingernails. My favorite season is summer. I think we were made to be creative people, constantly looking for ways to be relational to people and the environment. I enjoy urbanity, yet have a humble appreciation for my roots in rural Kansas. I used to think reading was one the most boring things anyone could ever do—now, I think it one of the most important things anyone could ever do. I think my parents are the coolest people in the world. I love exactly who my wife is. And I think our lives tell a story...

(Want to know how we met? Click here.)

I love snuggles, kisses, and surprises. My parents are the funniest, most interesting people I know. I'm so excited to learn about the world!

Anna started this blog on July 14, 2004 as part of a long-gone bravenet website she created in high school. (She does not deny she is a nerd. She also enjoys writing in third person.) She relocated the blog to Blogger sometime in 2005, but the changes go deeper than the URL. Exploring the relatively new field of blogging, she (hopefully) has grown to be a more interesting and engaging blogger with a deeper understanding of what it means to share her words with you, the reader. Anna would never dream of deleting old posts, even the lame ones, because she loves how blogs document life. Each post is a snapshot, and the blog is the photo album.

little ian sketching

Just like it's fun to pull out that photo of chubby baby Ian and watch home movies, it's fascinating to read old posts and see what the author thought was relevant and interesting then, and how perspectives change.

little anna eats her cake

Right now, this blog is a way for friends and family, now far away, to keep up with our lives. A place to share our creativity in words and photos. A soapbox to encourage others to join us in our effort to live simply and generously, with an awareness of how we impact creation.

Thanks for visiting—blogging is less fun without readers! Don't forget to leave comments. Comments are like hugs. Sometimes bloggers feel insecure and a hug... "It’s like an emotional Heimlich. Someone puts their arms around you and they give you a squeeze and all your fear and anxiety come shooting out of your mouth in a big wet wad and you can breath again."

Quotes by Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings and Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in Pushing Daisies.